Eva Longoria Sued By Ex-Business Partner

Eva_LongoriaEva Longoria‘s bid to start the year on a positive note has hit a snag.

The recently separated “Desperate Housewives” star has been sued by a former business partner who claims that the actress violated California’s usury law. In a complaint filed Monday in Los Angeles County Superior Court, Mali Nachum, a former partner at Longoria’s Beso club-restaurant, said that the actress violated state lending laws when she charged 8 percent for a $1-million loan he took out in 2009. Nachum also said that Longoria demanded a 23.3 percent stake in Beso LLC.

Nachum claimed that it was only in December that he discovered that the 8 percent interest violated California’s usury law. The suit also claims that Longoria was not entitled to the 23.3 percent stake. Nachum is demanding at least $4 million in damages plus legal fees, MSNBC’s Today said in a report.

A publicist for Longoria dismissed the allegations, saying that the suit “is a desperate reaction” by former partners who caused Beso to lose money through their “unauthorized and fraudulent actions.”

Beso LLC, which is reportedly 32 percent owned by Longoria, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last week in a bid to restructure close to $6 million in debts incurred by the company’s Las Vegas branch.